4 Ways to Keep Your Baby Safe
Every parent has a lot to think about when it comes to keeping their little one safe, and there’s no shortage of friends, family, and social media influencers full of advice on how to do that. We learn quickly about the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). We also see an entire aisle dedicated to products designed to help make your home safer for babies.
One of the things we’re told to look for is harmful chemicals. While baby-proofing electrical outlets with plug covers is a pretty easy solution for that problem, how do you even start to look for chemicals in the products you use every day? And what products do you use instead?
Thankfully, you can avoid many of these harmful chemicals by investing in a natural wood crib, using cloth diapers, and being more mindful of the products you use around the house.
A Natural Wood Crib
Many cribs certified by the CPSC and ASTM may still have an odor to them, typically caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used in the paint, glue, and engineered or manufactured wood. Even products listed as non-toxic can still contain a small amount of VOCs as long as they are under the limit set by the certifying agency.
A natural wood crib is designed of solid wood and hardware, without dangerous chemicals like acetone and formaldehyde. In addition to being made from the highest quality materials, they are held to the highest safety standards, often surpassing the standards set by the CPSC and ASTM. Because they are a superior product, they are also typically backed with a solid warranty.
- Sustainably harvested building material
- Beautiful designs for every decor
- Convertible cribs to grow with your baby
Reusable Cloth Diapers
Disposable diapers are convenient and have become the go-to option. Many parents don’t consider reusable cloth diapers anymore, but the practice has changed considerably and is more convenient than it was for our grandmothers. Modern cloth diapering services may even take care of the laundering and provide clean diapers and covers on demand.
Cloth diapering can prevent exposure to the many harmful chemicals in disposable diapers. Sodium polycarbonate is a common filler material because of its effectiveness in absorbing moisture. However, it was legally removed from tampons due to health concerns. Phthalates, tributyl-tin, chlorine, and other VOCs may also be present.
- Save considerable money with reusable diapers
- Reduce landfill waste and carbon footprint
- Prevent diaper rash and make potty training easier
Glass Bottles and Food Containers
You may see food containers and water bottles on the shelf labeled as “BPA-free.” BPA is a harmful chemical in many plastics now banned in most products labeled specifically for babies, such as infant bottles and food packaging. However, it is not banned in other plastics that aren’t designated solely for babies, like food storage containers.
The most effective way of reducing your and your baby’s exposure to BPA and its replacement, BPS, is to switch to glass containers whenever possible. If you must use plastic containers, be sure they say BPA- or BPS-free and that they are microwave safe. Like a natural wood crib, using glass food containers reduces the number of dangerous chemicals you bring into your home.
- Most can be used in the fridge, freezer as well as oven
- More sustainable than plastic options
- Glass won’t transfer the flavor of previously stored food
Fragrance- Free Home Products
Fragrances in everything from your dusting spray to your body wash can contain phthalates. According to the CDC, phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more durable.” It is also referred to as “the everywhere chemical” because it can be detected in many homes in the US and the general population.As an endocrine disrupter, it affects the reproductive system and other hormones. How do you keep your new baby safe from phthalates?
Thankfully, you can be proactive in your home. First, choose fragrance-free products like baking soda and Castille soap. Look for personal products labeled as paraben- and phthalate-free. And remove phthalates from your home by upgrading to a vacuum with a HEPA filter or installing a HEPA filter as part of your HVAC system.
- Natural essential oils are of higher quality than synthetic phthalates
- Fewer skin and respiratory irritants in your home
- Be part of the movement toward healthier homes and families
Harmful chemicals like VOCs and phthalates are sneaky, but now you know a lot more about how you can keep your baby safe from the unseen. From investing in a natural wood crib to making smarter choices about the products you use, you can make your home safer for your little one and everyone you welcome through the door.
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